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Missouri Family E-News December 13, 2010

Congressmen Urge President to Acknowledge America's Heritage

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin and 41 of his colleagues are calling on President Barack Obama to acknowledge America's Godly heritage.

Akin has co-signed a letter asking President Obama to correct remarks he recently made in Indonesia where he referred to America's national motto as "E Pluribus Unum--out of one, many." The actual national motto, adopted by Congress in 1956, is "In God We Trust."

The letter also raised concerns about recent presentations by Obama in which he has excluded the word "Creator" from his recitation of the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration states that we are "endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights." On three occasions in the last month Obama has deleted the word "Creator" from his quotes from America's founding document.

"Once may be a mistake, but three times is a pattern," says Congressman Randy Forbes, the chief author of the letter and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. "By misrepresenting things as foundational as the Declaration of Independence and our national motto, the President is inaccurately reflecting America and undercutting important parts of our nation's history."

Akin and his co-signers point out in their letter that founder John Adams believed that "it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand."

Their letter to Obama says, "If Adams was right, by making these kinds of statements to the rest of the world, you are removing one of the cornerstones of our secure freedom. If we pull the thread of religious conviction out of the marketplace of ideas, we unravel the tapestry of freedom that birthed America."

Obama's incorrect reference to the national motto follows a recent episode involving the new lavish Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol. When the new Center was unveiled, it included a major exhibit which also falsely declared that "E Pluribus Unum" is our national motto. It took Congressional intervention to get the exhibit revised to include the true version of the national motto.

Hackers Corrupt Anti-Porn Group's Website
The website of one of the nation's leading anti-pornography coalitions has been the target of malicious computer attacks, along with major corruption of its technology operations.

The website is 'Pornography Harms," and the organization is the Coalition for the War on Illegal Pornography. It is headed by anti-pornography crusader Patrick Trueman, who previously served as Chief of the Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Trueman reports that the organization's YouTube account was hacked, and that their posted videos were replaced with pornographic videos. He says that the group's personal e-mail account was hacked and pornography was forwarded to everyone on their contact lists. The hackers also commandeered the organization's Facebook page, filled it with pornographic links, and sent pornography to the group's Facebook friends.

"We can still hardly believe that the porn advocates would stoop so low and infringe on our very right to speak our minds," said Dawn Dettling, a spokeswoman for the coalition. "Why are they so afraid? It is because our efforts are worrying them. We're having an impact and now lawmakers and prosecutors are starting to act in defense of decency."

Trueman says the coalition will not be deterred by what he describes as "techno-terrorists." "We don't know yet if this is an attack by one person or an organized effort, but nothing will prevent us from getting the truth out. These actions clearly point to the need for the Department of Justice to finally enforce the laws against illegal pornography that already exist."

You can learn more about the organization's efforts and extensive research by visiting the "Pornography Harms" website, which has now been restored, by using this link: Porn Harms
Bond, McCaskill Split Votes on Abortions, Homosexuals in U.S. Armed Forces

Missouri Senator Kit Bond joined Senate Republicans in blocking legislation which would have changed the U.S. military culture to include the performance of abortions and active service by avowed homosexuals. Kit Bond The controversial subjects had been attached as amendments to the annual Defense Department budget authorization bill, which had been previously approved by the House of Representatives.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pressed for passage of the amendments which would have repealed the longstanding ban on homosexual service in the U.S. Armed Services, and authorized the performance of abortions at medical facilities on U.S military bases around the world. Reid sought to overcome a threatened filibuster by Senator John McCain, who strongly opposed the change in military standards. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill supported the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual amendments and voted for the unsuccessful cloture motion, while Senator Bond voted to block consideration of the measure. homosexual

The proposal has been repeatedly incorrectly described by the media as the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Actually, the amendment would have repealed a law passed by Congress in 1993 which codified the longstanding military policy on homosexuality. That law states that a person who "engages in, attempts to engage in, has a propensity to engage in, or intends to engage in homosexual acts" is ineligible for military service. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a policy subsequently adopted by the Clinton Administration which instructed military officials not to compel enlistees to disclose their sexual preferences or practices. don't ask, don't tell

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, and a former Marine, saluted the decision by Senators to scuttle the bill and its hostile amendments. "This is the second time this year that the Senate has rejected an insistent liberal social agenda and delivered a victory for the men and women of the Armed Forces. This vote helps ensure that America's military is used first and foremost to do its duty--to fight and win wars--and not advance radical social policy."
the voteThe vote on homosexualization of the military came on the heels of a "survey" conducted by the Defense Department gauging the attitudes of service members and their spouses on the subject. While the survey never asked respondees whether they agreed with repeal of the current standards, it nonetheless revealed major resistance to the inclusion of open homosexuals in military units.

28 percent of the 115,000 service members who responded said that service by homosexuals in the military would have a negative or very negative effect on morale. 30 percent said that it would have a negative or very negative impact on unit cohesion. Opposition was particularly pronounced among combat units. 57% of Marine combat forces and 47% of Army combat forces said that serving alongside active homosexuals would have a negative or very negative impact on unit cohesion.
serving the US The report confirms concerns among active service members that open homosexuality would lead to "homosexual promiscuity, harassment, and unwelcome advances within units, invasion of personal privacy, and an overall erosion of standards of conduct, unit cohesion, and morality."

The survey results also revealed that a change in military standards could lead to a major exodus of current service members. Nearly 13 percent of those responding said they would leave their military career sooner than planned, and another 11 percent said they would be considering an early exit.

Survey responses also pointed out that the repeal of the ban would a major adverse impact on military recruitment. 27 percent of respondents said that the proposed change would have a negative impact on their willingness US recruiting center to recommend to a family member or close friend that they join the military. This is a serious concern considering the nature of America's all-volunteer armed forces. Most military recruits come from a limited demographic: middle class, the South and Mountain West, conservative and religious families, and more often than not from families with a history of military service.

The Defense Department survey also acknowledged that the change in policy would be contrary to the religious values of many service members. "In the course of our review," the study report says, "we heard a large number of service members raise religious and moral objections to homosexuality... militarySome feared repeal of [the law] might limit their individual freedom of expression and free exercise of religion, or require them to change their personal beliefs about the morality of homosexuality. The views expressed to us cannot be downplayed or dismissed."

Such concerns were further amplified by recent comments by Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mullen recently told a Senate panel that service members who disagree with the military's embrace of homosexuality need to "find another place to work."
USA The report also reinforces the often stated concern expressed by military chaplains about the consequences of repeal. The report states, "Some of the most intense and sharpest divergence of views...exists among the chaplain corps. A large number of military chaplains believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination, and that they are required by God to condemn it as such."

The failure of the Defense Department bill also spelled the defeat of the Burris Amendment, added to the bill in committee by Illinois Senator Roland Burris. Ex-Senator Roland Burris

That amendment would have required medical facilities on U.S. military property to perform abortions on demand. Current law prohibits the performance of abortions at Department of Defense medical facilities or by Department of Defense medical personnel unless the life of the mother is endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin has been a strong critic of the Burris proposal. "This amendment turns our military health care system into domestic and international abortion providers. Overnight, our tax dollars would convert 423 military hospitals and medical facilities into new abortion clinics."

Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, cheered the demise of the Burris Amendment. "We commend the Senators for protecting our men and women in the military so that they do not become the means to advance taxpayer-funded abortion on demand. We know that more than 70 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, and this vote reflected the moral and fiscal values of the American people." Charmaine Yoest

You can thank Senator Bond for his decision to maintain the high standards of military service and oppose the killing of preborn children at our military bases by using this link: Senator Bond

You can let Senator McCaskill know of your feelings about her support for the homosexualization of the military and taxpayer-paid abortions by clicking this link: Senator McCaskill
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